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Returning Students

Individuals looking to resume academic study at the Graduate School at Penn State must submit an application if you plan to:

  • Resume study in the same degree and major after an absence of one or more semesters (excluding summer session). 
  • If you were a nondegree/certificate student after an absence of one or more semesters wanting to resume as a nondegree/certificate student (must be the same certificate).  
  • If you are only resuming in order to submit your intent to graduate you should not complete an application to resume study.  Please contact your plan of study to have your record activated in order to submit your intent to graduate.  Important Note: This is only for students who have already satisfied all course requirements who need to graduate.  Students who still need to enroll in courses should complete an application to resume study.    

After you submit your application it will be reviewed by Graduate Enrollment Services and the graduate program for an admission decision. The application will be not be considered complete unless all requested transcripts, references, program specific questions, and documents are submitted. 

Apply to Resume Study


Change of Major/Degree

  • You must submit an application if you plan to change:
    • your degree within the same major
    • your major to another major/degree
    • from nondegree status to degree status
    • from degree status to nondegree status
    • from degree status to certificate status
    • from nondegree status to a certificate
    • from nondegree status to PDE certification
    • from a certificate to a new certificate
    • from certificate to nondegree status
    • from a certificate to PDE certification
    • from certificate to degree status
    • from PDE certification to degree, nondegree, certificate or different PDE certification
  • After you submit your application it will be reviewed by Graduate Enrollment Services and the graduate program for an admission decision. The application will be not be considered complete unless all requested transcripts, references, program specific questions, and documents are submitted.
  • If you are an international student, please consult with the Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA) to see if/how this may affect your status.

Change My Major/Degree
 


Add a Certificate

  • You must submit an application if you want to add a certificate program. An application fee will be required.
  •  NOTE: Undergraduates are not eligible for postbaccalaureate or graduate certificates.

Apply for Certificate

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